Academic Services

Doctoral thesis submission

For postgraduate research students: what you need to know about submitting your thesis for assessment and information on submitting your final thesis to the Library.

Submitting your thesis for assessment

Covid-19 arrangements

All PGRs are required to submit their thesis electronically but the University will not require submission of either the softbound copy of the thesis for examination, or the final hard bound thesis during this period of remote working (in both cases electronic copies should be submitted). Further advice for postgraduate research students on issues related to Covid-19 are available on the University's dedicated webpage.

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Submission advice

Your College Office is the first point of contact for advice on submitting your thesis.

If your programme of studies is in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS), use the College's thesis submission guide.

CAHSS Thesis Submission Guide

If your programme of studies is in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine (CMVM), see the College wiki.

CMVM Postgraduate Research wiki

If your programme of studies is in the College of Science and Engineering (CSE), see the College SharePoint site.

CSE Academic Affairs Assessment

Assessment criteria

Grounds for the award of postgraduate research degrees are found in the Postgraduate Degree Regulations in the DRPS. Doctoral theses are assessed under the University's Postgraduate Assessment Regulations for Research Degrees.

Prior to submission, you must inform your supervisor of your intention to submit your thesis for assessment. The Notice of Intention to Submit form asks your supervisor to confirm that you have discussed your intention to submit with themCollege offices can advise on thesis submission procedures.

Notice of intention to submit

You are not required to submit a lay summary with your notice of intention to submit.

Submitting your thesis for assessment

At least two copies of each thesis containing an abstract and lay summary must be submitted to your College Office. If more than two examiners are appointed then additional copies of the thesis will be required.

Final thesis submission

After you have successfully completed your examination, you must submit the final elecronic copy of your thesis to your College Office and deposit a copy on PURE.  Your College Office will invite you to submit your final thesis and provide guidance on how to do this. More information can be found on College webpages, the University Library’s theses website,  or by contacting your College Office. 

Once you have submitted your thesis, the College will arrange for your award letter to be issued and for your thesis to be sent to the University Library.

More information on how to deposit the electronic copy of your PhD or MPhil thesis is available from the Library.

University Library's theses website

Contact for regulations advice

Advice on degree and assessment regulations is available from Academic Services.

Susan Hunter

Academic Policy Officer

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